Natura e paesaggio nelle collezioni della Fototeca della Biblioteca Panizzi
curated by Laura Gasparini
The exhibition entitled Natura e paesaggio nelle collezioni della Fototeca della Biblioteca Panizzi (Nature and Landscape in the collections of the Panizzi Library Photo Archive) is a brief excursus into the public collections from the 19th century to the 1980s.
The exhibition has the following sections: Dalla veduta classica al modernismo (From classic landscape to Modernism) with photography by Lerebours, Giacomo Caneva, Giorgio Sommer, Roberto Omegna and Riccardo Peretti Griva, Il paesaggio maestoso (The Majestic Landscape) with photography by Vittorio Sella, Frères Neurdein, A.F. Ferraris, Luciano Lancia, Foto Ars, Roberto Sevardi and Renzo Vaiani; L’Oriente e il paesaggio dell’ignoto (The East and the landscape of the unknown) with the beautiful Japanese photos of Felice Beato Beato, Kajima Seibei and Adolfo Farsari that are part of the album of Reggio Emilia’s ambassador, Alberto Pansa; Parchi e giardini storici (Historical Parks and Gardens) with images by F.lli Alinari and Domenico Anderson; and Forme della natura (Forms of Nature) with works by Caneva, F.lli Alinari, Giulio Cesare, Clelio Silvestrini, Peretti Griva, Gian Battista Vercellone and Kajima Seibei. This section contains a space devoted to experimentation by Luigi Veronesi, which marks the passage from traditional genre photography to experimentation and research.
The section Dopo il Neorealismo (After the Neo-Realism) is introduced by work of a Neo-Realist type by Mario Dondero, followed by investigations into the local area – in particular the area of Reggio Emilia – by Paolo Monti, Mimmo Jodice’s research on Mediterraneo and fine amateur photography by Stanislao Farri.
The Verifica # 2 by Ugo Mulas introduces the section Nuove prospettive di ricerca (New Perspectives on Research) with Luigi Ghirri whose intense activity not only in photography but also to promote photographic culture inaugurated a great period of research into the landscape that branched out in many different new directions. There are also works on display by Guido Guidi and Olivo Barbieri.
Some showcases contain fine art photography and postcard collections.